International branch campuses (IBCs) — degree-granting higher education institutions (HEIs) located in different countries than the HEIs that originated or operate them — are an important and growing part of the international higher education landscape. Unfortunately, little guidance about the process of establishing an IBC exists to help decision-makers at parent institutions determine whether or not to pursue a particular opportunity.
To address this gap, this dissertation addresses two research questions:
- What are the steps in the decision-making process HEIs go through when making decisions regarding whether or not to establish an IBC?
- What key factors do HEIs use to evaluate a potential IBC?
Table of Contents
Background, Purpose, and Research Questions
What the Literature Tells us About IBCs
Building a Conceptual Framework
Findings from the Interviews
Applicability of the Conceptual Framework
Conclusions, Policy Implications, and Future Research
Semi-Structured Interview Protocol